Cliffhanger: When You’re out of Control, God has a Plan

My husband and I recently watched an Australian TV series and when it came to the last episode of the season, some of the show’s main characters were left in a position of great danger. We were in suspense, not knowing what the outcome would be.

TV producers have found this is a great technique to build anticipation for an upcoming season and keep their viewers interested.

It is known as a ‘cliffhanger’.

There are times in life when one chapter has ended and we’re not sure where things will go from here. We are facing a major challenge—or even a crisis.

There is a time of suspense.

Today I believe God is encouraging those of you who may be facing your own ‘cliffhanger’ moments.

  • You may be at a crossroads—or in a season of transition
  • There may be dryness or barrenness
  • There may be a problem, and you have no way of knowing how it will work out
  • You may be forced to let go of something, and face an uncertain future

God is the Ultimate Author and He has a Plan

Here is a powerful truth:

Jesus is the author and finisher of your faith. (Heb 12:2)

‘Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them.’ (Psalm 139:16, NKJV)

Today, you may be at the close of one chapter—but your Father already knows the pathway ahead. God is the Author and His next chapter for you is written ahead of time.

One new chapter can make all the difference.


4 Cliffhanger Moments in Scripture that Reveal God at Work on Your Behalf

1. Your new Chapter will Reveal God’s Favor

At the close of the fourth chapter of Esther, the Jews in Susa and throughout the Persian Empire are in danger of decimation. It seems the enemy’s plan to destroy them is about to prevail.

In this cliffhanger moment, God’s people are fasting, expressing their dependence upon His Divine intervention.

They fast for three days and nights.

  • But God has a plan—set in place far ahead of time. He has already positioned Esther in the palace as Queen of Persia.

At the beginning of Esther’s fifth chapter, we read:

‘On the third day Esther put on her royal robes and stood in the inner court of the palace, in front of the king’s hall. The king was sitting on his royal throne in the hall, facing the entrance.’ (Esther 5:1 NIV)

God is releasing favor on Esther’s behalf—and that favor is about to overturn the schemes of the enemy.

Are you in a cliffhanger moment? Know that God’s favor towards you is more powerful than the opposition that’s against you.


2. Your new Chapter will Reveal God’s Word

At the close of the fourth chapter of Ezra, it seems the Jews’ God-given plan to rebuild the temple at Jerusalem has been permanently stalled, after interference by their enemies.

The pause at the close of this chapter marks 17 long years of delay. [2]

As chapter five opens, the prophets Haggai and Zechariah bring prophetic exhortation to the Jews and their leader Zerubbabel. In a fresh burst of enthusiasm, the people set to work on the temple again. Within a short period of time, a letter to king Darius brings a favorable reply, governmental permissions and all the resources they need.

Are you in a cliffhanger moment?

Receive a fresh word for your new season. Forge ahead in agreement with that word and watch for your miracle breakthrough.


3. Your new Chapter will Reveal Your Deliverer

At the close of Exodus chapter 2, the Israelites are trapped in slavery in Egypt. It seems that no hope is in sight—but we read at the close of the second chapter that ‘their cry for help because of their slavery went up to God.’ (Ex 223b, NIV)

It is a season of prolonged pain and suspense. But a new chapter is about to begin.

As Exodus chapter 3 opens, an 80-year-old shepherd is drawn by the sight of a burning bush. God is about the raise up His chosen deliverer, Moses.

Do you find yourself, your church, work, family or ministry in a cliffhanger time of suspense? Be encouraged, for God is your Deliverer and a new chapter lies ahead.


4. Your new Chapter will Reveal God’s Resurrection Power

At the close of John chapter 19, those who have loved and believed in Jesus are devastated by His death and burial. Three days and nights of silence go by, with unanswered questions and depths of despair.

But chapter 20 opens with an empty grave and a resurrected Christ.

Today, there is a word of resurrection going out.

God has not left you and will not fail you. It’s not over. What He has begun, he will complete. He is the author and finisher of your faith.

That dream, that opportunity, that call. It may seem barren, it may seem lifeless. It may be impossible. But the same Jesus who stood in front of Lazarus’ grave and cried out ‘Lazarus, come forth!’, our God of resurrection, is working on your behalf.

Your new season is about to begin.


Notes:

[1] Find more encouragement from the story of Esther here: ‘Go Again: He is God of the Second Time Around’

[2] For more about this story, read my post ‘Why Does God Allow Frustrations and Delays?’


Prophetic School News

During September, I am adding video lectures to a Foundations Class on the Enliven Prophetic School.

The Enliven Prophetic School is a self-paced video lecture course. There are no deadlines and you can study in your own time. Classes now include:

  • Foundations of Prophetic Ministry
  • Begin in prophecy: hear God’s voice and share a prophetic insight
  • Tips for maturing in prophecy
  • Seer Master Class: Grow in pictures and visions
  • Prophetic Warnings Master Class
  • Prophetic Guidance Masterclass

This school is for anyone who would like to learn and grow in the gift and ministry of prophecy. There is currently a minimal subscription rate of $6.95USD monthly to help us with costs.

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The Truth About Your Spiritual Authority (Kingdom Birthright)

Young Joash was born to be King of Judah. But for six years he was hidden in the temple while an evil usurper—Queen Athaliah—reigned in his place. (2 Kings 11)

Joash had the birthright of Kingship—but that birthright had not been revealed. He was yet to pick up his crown.

This is a prophetic picture for us, the church today. Joash occupied the temple, the place of worship. But he did not occupy the palace—the place from which he was to rule and reign.

I believe the Spirit is saying,

‘It’s time to discover your birthright—your royal identity. It’s time to both worship and rule. It’s time to pick up your crown!’


You have a Royal Identity

‘For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.’ (Rom 5:17, NKJV)

Through the cross, Jesus won back for us our relationship with God, our place in His family, and our birthright—our royal identity.

  • Jesus is the firstborn Son (Heb 1:6, Col 1:18)
  • We are co-heirs with Him (Rom 8:17)

The writer to the Hebrews speaks of ‘the Church of the firstborn’:
‘But you have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God, the Judge of all, to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.’ (Hebrews 12:22-24, NIV)

The Greek tense of the words translated, ‘you have come’, proserchomai, Strongs G4334, is the past perfect tense. [1] The Scripture does not say, ‘you will eventually come.’ All of this relates to what Jesus has already accomplished. It is our current status. [3]

  • Jointly with Jesus, we have heavenly citizenship and firstborn status
  • We don’t have independent authority—we don’t exercise authority in our own name, but in the Name of Jesus, who has all authority (Matt 28:18). We have authority by being under His authority (Matt 8:9)

What does the Birthright Consist of?

In the Old Testament, a father passed on two things to his sons: his priestly blessing, and his birthright. We see the importance of these highlighted in the story of Jacob and Esau (Gen 25-27). [1]

The birthright passed on to the firstborn son and it consisted of:

  • The Estate (in particular, any lands)
  • Inheritance (the ‘double portion’)
  • The priestly role in the family (he could bless the next generation)
  • Any legal (judicial) authority held by the father [2]

Each one of these is significant, and it is the last—the passing of judicial authority—that I believe the Holy Spirit is highlighting right now.

One example of the ‘passing of judicial authority’ was that in the Old Testament, the firstborn son of the reigning king was the next in line to take the throne.


Honor Your Birthright!

It is written of Esau in the Old Testament, ‘he despised his birthright’ (Gen 25:34). He treated it as something cheap—something he could sell and discard.

  • Hear the cry of the Spirit, ‘Don’t neglect your birthright!’
  • ‘Don’t neglect what Jesus paid for!’

You are born again with a birthright. You are royal by birth!

It is not earned. You do not have to do anything to deserve it.


The Kingdom of God is not like an Earthly Royal Family.

In an earthly royal family, there is one reigning monarch who has all the responsibility. The sons and daughters enjoy the privilege and favor of royalty, without a responsibility to rule.

However, in this royal family, we have authority in Jesus’ Name. We have a responsibility to exercise His rule and reign on earth (Psalm 115:16, Matt 6:10).

If we are to be in the ‘family business’ (Luke 2:49) that means we must both serve and reign with Christ.

This is what intimacy looks like for our God: sons and daughters who will not only be with Him, but rule with Him. We honor our Father as we bear His likeness.

How can you tell you are exercising your royal birthright?You are disturbing the status quo.

It’s time to pick up your crown.


Notes:

[1] See_https://www.blueletterbible.org/kjv/heb/12/22/t_conc_1145022
‘The perfect tense in Greek corresponds to the perfect tense in English, and describes an action which is viewed as having been completed in the past, once and for all, not needing to be repeated.’

[2] I share about the blessing here: 4 Life-Changing Truths About God’s Blessing

[3] See_http://www.biblestudytools.com/dictionary/birthright/

[4] You can find my sermon ‘Pick Up Your Crown and Unleash Your Greatness’ on the Enliven Blog podcast page here: http://www.enlivenpublishing.com/blog/podcast/


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How to Access Your Heavenly Supply Line

Do you find yourself in a faith-stretching time, wondering how you will be able to do everything God has called you to do?

When God has given you a promise or calling, He is already seeing the overview. He views the beginning and the end. He sees:

  • The birth of your promise
  • Your contention for that promise, and
  • The fulfilment of your promise

Your Father—Who loves you and has called you—exists in the eternal ‘NOW’. And He has already established your means of supply.

Every means of fulfilling your prophetic promise already exists in the eternal realm, in the form of a ‘Heavenly order’—declared ahead of time by God.

As the writer to the Hebrews says,

‘Now faith is the assurance (title deed, confirmation) of things hoped for (divinely guaranteed), and the evidence of things not seen [the conviction of their reality—faith comprehends as fact what cannot be experienced by the physical senses].’ (Heb 11:1, AMP)


Like Elijah did, you can experience Heavenly supply

We see this principle of the pre-existence of God’s supply in the story of Elijah in 1 Kings 17.

‘Then the word of the Lord came to Elijah: “Leave here, turn eastward and hide in the Kerith Ravine, east of the Jordan. You will drink from the brook, and I have directed the ravens to supply you with food there.” (1 Kings 17:2-4, NIV)

That Hebrew word translated directed (Strongs H6680, tsavah ) means to command, charge, give orders to, to appoint and commission. [1]

A Heavenly order was already in place for the supply Elijah needed. All Elijah needed to do, was to move in obedience to God’s instruction, in order for that provision to manifest.

So, if you are praying about resources you need, to do what God has called you to do, remember this faith-building Biblical principle:

Every provision you need, to complete what God has called you to do, pre-exists in the eternal realm!


Speak words of command in agreement with God’s word to you

You will experience faith-stretching times throughout your life and ministry, but know your God is faithful. He is your good and loving Father.

When one source of supply is drying up, you can be assured that another has already been appointed for you to step into.

‘Sometime later the brook dried up because there had been no rain in the land. Then the word of the Lord came to him: “Go at once to Zarephath in the region of Sidon and stay there. I have directed a widow there to supply you with food.” (1 Kings 17:7-8, NIV)

Again, the Hebrew word is tsavah, to commission, order and direct. [1] Elijah simply needed to obey God; to move and reposition in accordance with God’s Word.

This time, however, Elijah would also be God’s instrument to bring the prophetic command to that widow. She had no idea of that Heavenly command that was already in place, until the prophet issued it in person.


Is there Contention for Your Supply Line?

We see that God already provided a supply line, ahead of time, for Elijah by His Word.

In warfare today, a key strategy of an enemy is to damage the opposing force, by cutting off a supply line. A supply line is ‘a route along which goods and equipment are transported to an army during a war.’ [2]

It is the same in spiritual warfare.

Through our obedient acts of faith, our prayer and words of agreement, we partner with God to access the supply He has for us. This is why the enemy is going to try and undermine our faith. He is attempting to cut off our supply line.

Like Elijah did, staying focused on God and His Word, and staying true to our assignment, will help us stay on track.


Break Open Your Heavenly Supply

If you find yourself in a faith-stretching time, wondering how you will be able to do everything God has called you to do, remember your Heavenly supply.

The enemy has been seeking to restrict your supply line, but it’s your time to strike back. Break out with a song, a dance and a shout of prophetic praise.

By giving thanks ahead of time, you are acknowledging that God is the source of what He has promised and that you are receiving it from Him by faith. This is prophetic thanksgiving.

You step into the eternal realm, take God at His Word, and praise Him for His greatness and His answer. Your Father is coming through for you.


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Notes:

[1] https://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=H6680&t=KJV accessed 21 Aug 2017

[2] https://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/supply-line accessed 21 Aug 2017


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5 Steps to Receiving a Word from God (from the life of Habakkuk)

At times when you, or others around you, are facing life’s challenges, receiving a word from God can bring great comfort.

Here are some thoughts from the story and example of the Prophet Habakkuk, to help you receive your own word from God for yourself and others in times of need.


How to Receive a Word from God

1. Position Yourself to Hear from God

‘I will stand at my watch and station myself on the ramparts’ (Hab 2:1a)

Habakkuk used the imagery of going to a fortress, a place positioned above and apart from the everyday activities of the city, to wait on God in a secure place. This also represented his position as prophet, hearing from God for the nation of Judah.

In times of trial or distress, God Himself is your refuge and your fortress; a safe strong place. (Psalm 91:2)

When you desire to hear from God, then like Habakkuk, be intentional about being positioned in such a way that you can hear His voice.

  • The first place to go is to Scripture—as you read and meditate on God’s Word, allow the Holy Spirit to minister a fresh word to your personally
  • You may have a regular place where you pray and meet with God
  • Be open to the Holy Spirit’s call to take special times apart when you need to hear a word from God

2. Take your Problems and Questions (and those of others) to God

‘I will look to see what he will say to me, and what answer I am to give to this complaint.’ (Hab 2:1b)

Communication in a relationship is two-way, involving both talking and listening. The book of Habakkuk records the prophet’s discussions with God.

Habakkuk’s conversation with God was raw, honest and authentic. He did not hold back when he had questions and complaints. Sometimes we feel that we can only go to God once we are already uplifted in our faith, forgetting that He longs to do that for us!

God is your help, your strength and your comforter—and He can only be those things to you as you take your pain to Him.

It was only as Habakkuk asked the difficult questions that he could foresee Judah crying out during the future trials, that He was able to hear of God’s plans for the coming redemption.

The name ‘Habakkuk’ means ‘embrace’, or ‘to hold close’ (Strongs 2265), and because the prophet allowed God to fully minister to him, he was in turn able to supply the comfort and encouragement of God to a nation.

‘But the one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening, encouraging and comfort.’ (1 Cor 14:3)


3. Go on a Journey with God

‘How long, Lord, must I call for help, but you do not listen? Or cry out to you, “Violence!” but you do not save?’ (Hab 1:2)

Your communications with God and your conversations with Him, will be a journey. Hearing from God is not like taking aim and hitting a target or bullseye. The heart of God responds to those who seek Him—and that takes time.

Don’t be content with a small snippet, or piece of revelation, when God desires to speak more to you.

Learn from Habakkuk, who went on a journey, complaining, crying out, conversing, waiting and listening until he reached a place of faith and heard all that God had to say to him.

Habakkuk’s journey throughout this small book is one where he progresses from a viewpoint of desperation, to one of trust and victory. The last chapter of Habakkuk is directed as a Psalm set to music.  It inspires those listening to hope in God despite the circumstances.

‘The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights.’ (Hab 3:19)


4. Pay Attention to the Unique Way God Speaks to you

‘I will look to see what he will say to me.’ (Hab 2:1)

Habakkuk used visionary language to describe how he listened to God. For those of us who are seers and visionaries, listening to God also means watching.

God is Spirit, and has many ways to communicate. Take into account your gift and the unique way you connect with God.

Be open to receiving impressions from the Holy Spirit and dig deeply into God’s Word.


5. Record what God is saying

‘Then the Lord replied: “Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it.”’ (Hab 2:2)

As with Habakkuk, there are times when a message from God is prophetic and concerns His intention and His future outcome. As you record a communication from God—whether it is a prophetic insight, a dream, Scripture or Word, it gives clarity in the journey, both for yourself and others you may minister to.

Having a written or audio record of your word from God gives you something tangible to celebrate.

Glory is given to God when it comes to pass.

Recording what God is saying allows you to pray about it, weigh it up and if it goes beyond general encouragement, to submit the word to oversight for confirmation (1 Cor 14:29, 1 Thess 5:19-21). Accountability gives us security in our journey of learning to hear God’s voice.

Finally, as Habakkuk reminds us, the ultimate test of a word from God is whether or not that word comes true.

‘For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false.Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay.’ (Hab 2:3)


Notes:
In preparing for this study, I read Habakkuk in different translations and also listened to Habakkuk several times using an audio Bible App. I mention this because I encourage you to do the same as you study God’s Word. Take time to connect fully with what He is saying and also to be further enriched by discovering what is happening in the background culturally and historically.
My favourite websites, used in this Bible study, are www.biblegateway.com and www.blueletterbible.org
I found this commentary on Habakkuk chapter one insightful: https://www.blueletterbible.org/Comm/guzik_david/StudyGuide_Hab/Hab_1.cfm


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Related Posts:

10 Ways You Can Hear God’s Voice

4 Life Lessons from the Prophet Ezekiel


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Go Again: He is God of the ‘Second Time Around’

God of the Second Time AroundToday’s word of prophetic encouragement is for those of you who feel you have missed an opportunity.

  • You may be in transition and wondering why a particular promise from God, or your destiny, has not been fulfilled in this past season
  • Perhaps you (or others) have made a mistake and you feel as though you have missed out on God’s best

Your Father wants you to know that He has not forgotten you—and that another opportunity lies ahead.


Esther Overcame the Enemy

Recently God spoke to me from the book of Esther.

Queen Esther finds out of a plot to slaughter her people, the Jews. So she invites her husband, the King of Persia, and the enemy of her people, Haman– who is the king’s official—to a banquet.

At the climax of the story, there is a powerful moment, when Esther reveals the plot, along with the wickedness of Haman, to the king at a private banquet. As a result, Haman and his plans are overthrown.

  • Did you know that the banquet where Esther overcame the enemy, was not the first banquet she held? It was a second banquet.

One banquet, one day, one opportunity came and went, without the critical matter of lives at stake being addressed. (Esther 5)


Between the Banquets

I wonder, what was Esther thinking on the night after that first banquet, that night in-between? There is nothing in Scripture to suggest that there is anything other than the poise and wisdom and courage that Esther showed.

However, I know what would be happening if it was me. There is often a battle in our minds, on our journey towards faith:

  • What were you thinking?
  • The King says, ‘ask me anything’, and you say nothing? Just invite him back to another banquet?
  • You had the opportunity, and you blew it!

And after all the should have’s, come the what if’s:

  • What if something happens, and the King, or Haman, can’t make it tomorrow. Where will you be then?
  • What’s your backup plan?

We do not know the details of what Esther went through. But we do know that when Esther got up the next morning, it was her time to go again.

During that second banquet, the moment that Esther did not take up the day before came up again. And Esther seized that moment for the enemy’s downfall and the salvation of her people.

The timing was perfect.


For Such as Time as This

The powerful catch phrase of the book of Esther is this: ‘Who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?’ (Esther 4:14b)

‘For such a time as this.’ It is the Bible version of our saying ‘carpe diem’; a Latin phrase meaning, ‘seize the day’.

God wants you to know that today is the day to begin again.

His mercies are new every morning

Right now you may be ‘between the banquets’. Your time of transition is a time to refocus, to receive the gift of fresh passion, enthusiasm, your second wind from God.

It is time to press in to the vision God has given to you again.


God of the Second Chance

He is not only ‘God of the second time around’. He is the God of the second chance, when you have missed it or failed.

Ask Jonah. God called him to preach a message, and he set off as fast as he could go in the opposite direction. He was thrown out of a boat in a storm and swallowed by a fish.

Like Jonah, you may feel as though you have been chewed up, spat out, and washed up. You may not even feel as though you deserve a second chance. But He is a God of grace. And He is coming through for you.

We read about Jonah, ‘The word of the Lord came a second time.’ (Jonah 3:1)

God gave him a second chance.

Today, you can receive your own word to ‘go again.’

  • It’s not about your performance, or your history. It’s about His character, His faithfulness
  • It’s not about what you have done. It’s about what Jesus has done

Your God is the God of the second time around.


Choose Your Story…Change Your Life.

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